"The Leper Affinity" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
We entered Winter once again
Naked, freezing from my breath
â??Neath the lid, all limbs tucked away
This coffin is your abode from now and onwards

Your body is mine to avail
Such a tragic sight you are
Slave under my creed
Spurring me with those tears

I am beyond death
Midst a dreaming affinity
Saving strength now, faint whispers
Come erotic communion in its splendor

Fever mirrored ghosts
Night-time consolation, cross the line
Draw murder into art
Sleep inside through days

In the wake of this relief
Shivering, longing for more
Insanity at its peak
Love me to my death

Lost are the days of Spring
You sighed and let me in

Keep the beast inside
Shackled within my hide
Screaming out too late
Losing to my hate

Grew together with your skin
And paced the trails of sin

Your gaze, covered with virgin snow
Rigid featuresâ?¦.
It's the shallow deeds who's to blame
Deafening shrieks pierced the night

A step from oblivion
Moving into the dim lights
Hiding within a reverie
It was worth it for the wait alone


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"The Leper Affinity" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentOk Ok Ok... I created an account just for this song. I've listen to this so many times and saw the lyrics even more often. First of all YES ! it's about rape and murder NO there's no leprosy in this. A leper is also and outcast which is the case here. The last sentence confirm it "It was worth it for the wait alone". Is a way to say, it's my vengeance to the world. Ok lets take the lyrics part by part.

    "We entered Winter once again"
    Keep in mind that's the first lyrics of the album, it means we forgot the happy ending of still life : this is gonna be raw and cold, like winter.

    "Naked, freezing from my breath"
    Have you ever felt the breath of someone in your neck ?

    "Neath the lid all limbs tucked away
    This coffin is your abode from now"
    He's above, she can't move

    "Your body is mine to avail
    Such a tragic sight you are
    Slave under my creed
    Spurring me with those tears"
    This is were insanity begins, feeling all powerful makes him bursting in madness

    "I am beyond death"
    A lot of murderers, rapists etc... felt the same when they commited their crimes, feeling like god because you play with the life of someone

    "Midst a dreaming affinity
    Saving strength now, faint whispers
    Come erotic communion in its splendour
    Fever mirrored ghosts"
    She lost strength and resigned to fight, she let him do the dirty job, he fucks her

    "Night time consolation, cross the line
    Draw murder into art
    Sleep inside through days
    In the wake of this relief
    Shivering, longing for more
    Insanity at it's peak
    Love me to my death"
    He kills her, obvious enough : night means death, "cross the line" "Insanity at it's peak"

    "Lost are days of Spring
    You sighted and let me in
    Keep the beast inside
    Shackled within my hide
    Screaming out too late
    Losing to my hate
    Grew together with your skin
    And paced the trails of sin"
    I can pretty much see the scene clearly. His madness stoped, he stand amazed, got scared. Then he talk to her, yell, and tell her it's her fault. MAAAAN i can almost see his eyes, in a mix of surprize, fear and anger.

    "Your gaze covered with virgin snow
    Rigid features
    It's the shallow deeds who is to blame
    Deafening shrieks pierced the night
    A step from oblivion
    Moving into the dim lights
    Hiding within a reverie"
    He now looks at the body, starting to get covered by fresh snow, the beauty of the white constrast with the horror of the murder. He feels like in a dream, unreal.

    "It was worth it for the wait alone"
    Like a cry against sociaty that made him an outcast.


    This song is perfect and very vivid
    thechopeuron May 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe more I read the lyrics, the more I think it is nature itself, talking to somebody who has died and been buried: "We entered Winter once again, naked, freezing from my breath. 'Neath the lid all limbs tucked away, this coffin is your abode from now and onwards. Your body is mine to avail."

    This, to me, is nature or the earth itself speaking. The "breath" of the land is the wind, freezing the ground and all below it. The earth now avails, or uses, the body to its own advantage. The soil itself is nurtured by the corpse, and the decomposition causes the body to return to nature - dust to dust, you know? These lines seem to fit that: "Grew together with your skin, and paced the trails of sin. Your gaze covered with virgin snow; rigid features."

    All that suggests somebody dead and buried under the cold winter earth. Yeah, I can see it being a metaphor for human failings - it could even be an analogy for a controlling or smothering relationship, in a sick sort of way. But in a literal sense, I believe it's about death and the eternity of burial.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon February 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn this song I believe, first of all, the first person character is a sadist
    "Spurring me with those tears"

    Has anyone ever considered that the seasons described (winter and spring) refer to chronology surrounding the event of the song, rather than literal seasons?

    The song definately has sexual connotations to me, being perhaps about a rape and murder or necrophilia, but I also thought that the first person character repents or at least realises what he is doing is wrong,
    "Such a tragic sight you are
    Slave under my creed" and

    "Keep the beast inside
    Shackled within my hide
    Screaming out too late
    Losing to my hate" suggests maybe the character realises what he is doing is wrong, or maybe doesn't want to do it but is overtaken by his impulses? Just ideas people.

    Feel free to drop me a PM, I love to talk about music

    Fantastic song, though I prefer Still Life as an album =D
    Vivalarevolution16on September 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like hes talking about necrophilia.
    Kodos86on April 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti always thought it was about a person raping a person then killing them, You can take it from the lyrics that hes sexual, and the person is forcing themself on the other and then it says "losing to my hate" kinda symbolizing him klling them, and also at the end "it was worth it for the wait alone" could mean he stalked the person or hid somewhere waiting to attack them...

    just my thought though,
    cheers!
    Metaihearton April 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's almost defenitely about raping someone, then murdering them. Just look... "Erotic communion on it's splendour", come on.

    "I am beyond death" shows how the rapist feels so powerful during the rape. Rape is mostly a crime of dominance, not sexual attraction. So, this seals ot for me. He also describes how he got to the woman.
    psychoman364on September 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentCould the woman possibly have Leprosy? Probably not. But hey, it could happen.

    And when Mikael screams "Deafening shreaks pierced the NIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT" i want to shit myself. His voice is amazing.
    fit4130on December 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA "leper" is not always somebody with leprosy, fit4130. It can also be somebody shunned and avoided by most - an outcast. That seems to fit in better with Opeth's themes.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon December 15, 2004   Link
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    General Comment6th sadistic sniper, that interpretation is EXCELLENT (also, close to what I was thinking as well...lol). It sounds more mature and/or meaningful, your description, as well. ;) I have a problem with so many people interpreting almost every one of Opeth's songs as being about someone raping another and killing them. I really hope they are all wrong...LOL. The instrumentation is just too damn good to have such an (I'm sorry to say this perception of mine) immature meaning. :(
    komplexnouson February 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree, rape doesn't seem (to me at least) to be Opeth's style. A lot of their songs are about death or the loss of someone. They seem to be a bit more poetic about it too.
    shaggyroosteron January 18, 2006   Link

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